An internationally renowned Manga artist visited a Trowbridge school on Friday to run workshops with students.

Sonia Leong, who specialises in the Japanese comic art form, talked to students in Years 8, 9 and 13 at St Augustine’s Catholic College, taking workshops on various aspects of her art.

She showed pupils how to draw Manga, lay out storyboards and how to translate words into images.

Librarian Siobhán Hawke said: “Students of all abilities enjoy reading Manga novels and the novels are often a way to encourage disenchanted readers to start reading again.

“Our students enjoyed the day very much and we hope it will inspire them to read more in any genre and to produce their own stories.”

Mrs Hawke said Manga is Japanese for ‘comics’ or ‘cartoons’ and there are examples of Manga drawings in Japan dating back 800 years.

Manga is also proving to be a hit in Westbury, with the library’s readers group due to discuss graphic novels at their next meeting on April 12. Anyone with an interest in this genre can join the group.

The library now hosts a collection of Manga novels for loan, following requests from Matravers School pupils.